On 23 March 2017, the President of the 71st UN General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Ms. Patricia Espinosa, will convene Member States, the UN System, and stakeholders at United Nations Headquarters in a High-level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda. At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS is facilitating a process to identify two civil society speakers, one social entrepreneur speaker, and stakeholders wishing to attend as observers.
Civil society and social entrepreneur speakers are to be identified through the UN-NGLS process for the following three roles:
1) High-level civil society representative for Panel Discussion on "Stocktaking on Climate - Paris Agreement ratification; Science; Gaps & Opportunities"
2) Social entrepreneur for Panel Discussion on "Implementing Solutions - Scaling up implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs"
3) Civil society respondent for Panel Discussion on "2020 as Opportunity - Achieving the 2020 SDG targets and National Determined Contribution (NDC) ambitions"
Travel funding will be available for two of the selected speakers, but not for observers.
Apply to attend as an observer here (the deadline to apply to speak was 26 February):
23 February 2017 - Apply for stakeholder Selection Committee
26 February 2017 - Apply for speaking roles
16 March 2017 - Apply to attend the event as an observer
UN-NGLS facilitated a stakeholder Selection Committee for the evaluation and short-listing of civil society and social entrepreneur candidates for the speaking roles, to be presented to OPGA for their consideration. The Committee ensured regional and gender balance, and diversity of age and expertise in the overall set of candidates. The deadline to apply for the stakeholder Selection Committee was 23 February.
The President of the General Assembly has selected the following speakers for this event through this process:
Panel Discussion on "Stocktaking on Climate - Paris Agreement ratification; Science; Gaps & Opportunities"
to open the Plenary Session
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma
Panel Discussion on "Implementing Solutions - Scaling up implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDGs"
The Solar Foundation
United States of America
Panel Discussion on "2020 as Opportunity - Achieving the 2020 SDG targets and National Determined Contribution (NDC) ambitions"
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
All applications received to speak at the event, or attend as an observer can be viewed here:
More information about the event can be found here:
Stakeholder Selection Committee Members
Margit Säre - Center for Transboundary Cooperation
Isis Alvarez - Global Forest Coalition/Women's Major Group
Yvon Poirier - International Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)
Fisherman Chiyanike - Zimbabwe United Nations Association
Yiombi Thona - Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)
John Ede - Ohaha Family Foundation
Patrick Noack - Global Future
Crista Valentino - CoalitionWILD
Mary Vincent - SK Telecom and Green Star Laba
Adriana Martin - ECOTECNICA
Nazima Shaheen - Actionaid Pakistan
Vikas Desai - Urban Health and Climate Resilience Centre
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